• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Cristopher Brack
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    Second Semester 2015
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The dissertation presents a major piece of guided independent research on a topic agreed between the student and their supervisor. It typically involves a literature review and an appropriate form of critical analysis of sources of primary and/or secondary data; it may involve field and/or laboratory work. The dissertation must show evidence of wide reading and understanding of critical analysis and/or appropriate use of advanced research techniques. All students must attend relevant seminars, present at least one seminar, and comply with any other prescribed conditions.


Students must complete 24 units of ENVS8000P to comply with the requirements of the Master (Research) program.  Students enrolled in the 12-unit part-time Masters Dissertation must complete the remaining 12 units in a subsequent semester. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. plan, and engage in, an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic relevant to environment and society
  2. systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, apply appropriate techniques and draw appropriate conclusions 
  3. engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources
  4. appropriately apply qualitative and/or quantitative evaluation processes to original data
  5. understand  and apply ethical standards of conduct in the collection and evaluation of data and other resources
  6. communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally

Other Information

Admission to the Masters dissertation requires completion of 36 of the 48 units of the Coursework component at Distinction level or better. A relevant research methods course must be completed. An Independent Research Project must be completed. Admission and the choice of research topic is dependent on the availability and agreement of an appropriate supervisor.

Indicative Assessment

Indicative assessment will be based on:

  1. A research report of 20,000-25,000 words on an agreed topic relevant to the study of environment and society, showing evidence of wide reading and understanding as well as critical analysis and/or appropriate use of advanced techniques (LO1-6)
  2.  Presentation of research findings in an academic seminar (LO6)

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260 hours

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 to 24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $516 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $691 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2927 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2946 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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